Debbie has been helping people train their dogs in Chicago since 1999. She is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers headed by world-renowned trainer & behavior specialist, Jean Donaldson. She received her CTC (certification in training and behavior counseling) from the Academy in 2000.
Debbie teaches a wide variety of classes ranging from puppy to advanced, agility to tricks. She is proud that for each of the last five years that the publication – ‘Chicagoland Tails’ held their ‘favorites’ contest, their readers voted her as one of their ‘favorite’ trainers. Debbie is a proud member of the APDT, the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, the Pet Professional Guild, and the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts. She has trained past clients dogs and her own dogs in the sports of agility, flyball, canine disc, canine freestyle, rally obedience, nose work, weight pulling, and Treibball. Her rescue dog Ludo is training in many sports, has acted in commercials, and makes a great demo dog in her classes. Debbie is excited to be the first and currently only trainer in Chicago to become a Victoria Stillwell Positively Dog Training – licensed trainer, a team of trainers handpicked by Victoria who use only the most up-to-date, humane, effective, reward based methods. And in her spare time, Debbie likes to hike, camp, garden, and hang out with her dog Ludo.